Villagers light candles and pay tribute to war dead from Bletsoe

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Villagers in Bletsoe gathered together to commemorate the centenary of the First World War and to pay tribute to their local heroes.

Eleven men from Bletsoe, aged from 17 to 43, died in the Great War. They included the son of the family which owned Bletsoe Castle, Major Walter Campion, killed in Belgium in October 1914.

Petty Officer Boy Ernest Crane was killed only nine days before the end of the war on November 2, 1918.

On Monday, August 4, as part of the national “Lights Out” hour, more than 60 villagers gathered at the Bletsoe War Memorial between 10pm and 11pm to light a candle to the fallen.

They also placed named crosses and candles around the memorial during the course of the hour, each time reading the Dedication from Remembrance Sunday.

The hour closed with a massed reading and solo unaccompanied music played on the melodeon.